Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on Allianz Riviera when France and Italy square off against each other in a friendly game. Les Tricolores aim to keep on raising their form as they want to be on top of their game when they kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia. Didier Deschamps’ troops are seen as hot favourites to win Friday’s football match against Italy, who failed to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia, but it is well known that a wounded lion is the most dangerous one. The Azzurri were beaten by France in previous meeting between the two teams and, no doubt, they are hungry for revenge. A man to watch in the away team will be Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile, who was scoring goals for fun in the 2017/2018 Serie A campaign. Both teams are likely to go for a win in Allianz Riviera clash and there is every chance both France and Italy will find the net in Friday’s friendly.
Highlighted Player (Hugo Lloris):
Hugo Lloris is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world of football. The French international was born on 26 December, 1986 and he began his senior career at Nice in 2002. After spending six years with les Aiglons, Hugo Lloris signed a contract with fellow Ligue 1 side Lyon in 2008.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper made 146 appearances for the French giants, but in 2012 he moved to London. Tottenham Hotspur completed the deal for the impressive shot-stopper on 31 August, 2012 for a fee of €10 million and €5 million variable and, no doubt, he made a right decision when he decided to join the White Hart Lane outfit.
Speaking of his individual awards, Hugo Lloris was named Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year on three occasions (2008/2009, 2009/2010 and 2011/2012). The 188-cm-tall goalkeeper earned his 82nd cap for the French national team in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal. However, Eder’s goal spoiled the party of les Tricolores at Stade de France.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages.
After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe.
There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.